There is a lot of pressure on companies to migrate to enterprise-class cloud computing as soon as possible, according to IT Business Edge's Arthur Cole, even if just to bring some company control over a user-driven technology. However these efforts to move quickly may lead to a problem for many organizations, as without standards cloud solutions could end up being inadequate and aimless. Many have been calling for general standards to help out businesses in this predicament, but Cole said it is difficult to have an overarching group of rules, as there are many different strengths and weaknesses of each cloud company.
"A much better method is to establish independent reviewers who can rate services on an impartial basis, preferably using both professional evaluation and user feedback in their determinations," he wrote.
Much like in traditional IT, Cole said new enterprise cloud services are not designed to separate the bad from the good, but instead matchup services with business requirements. With no one-size-fits-all solution, a lot will be left up to individual companies to find their own cloud that will work well for them.
Businesses must be wary that, much like they are under pressure to adopt the cloud, providers are also being pressured to increase revenue and sell their services. Benchmarking and measurement must be done early by these organizations to be sure they are getting exactly what they want and need from the technology.
Making sure adoption is clear cut
No matter what kind of cloud is being looked into, it must be clear that there will be a benefit for both the IT department and the business side, according to Technology Spectator. Those within the company must work together to figure out what the best outcome can be. This means drawing up a sensible service-level agreement that will work well for all parts of the organization, make sure failures and risks can be accounted for, and have service visibility for the enterprise cloud. Companies should be looking for a service that will be user centric, comprehensive, independent and repeatable.
"IT organizations have traditionally deployed a plethora of infrastructure and technology monitoring tools to manage in-house technology components," the website said. "These tools are mostly useless for providing service assurance to customers and stakeholders; and more often than not rely on deploying agents to the monitored devices."
However, it may not be feasible to have monitoring software on every part of the cloud, which means traditional approaches may be less useful than before, Technology Spectator said. When adopting the enterprise cloud, companies must adapt to new ways of thinking and undertaking tasks.